Distance: 89 km

The capital of the Languedoc department is just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean coast.

Although the city has hardly any industry, Montpellier has one of the largest universities in France. The Faculty of Medicine is the oldest (founded in the early 13th century) and one of the most prestigious.

The old town is right in the centre of the city. The best starting point is the Place de la Comedie, which extends in front of the opera house. From here, the Rue de la Loge leads to perhaps Montpellier’s liveliest square, the Place Jean Jaures. Fresh fruit is sold here until the early afternoon, as are clothes and jewellery. Once the market is over, it quickly fills up with the tables and chairs of the surrounding cafes.